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cats and dogs: raining very hard, rain is heavy and coming down
fast (popular in southern states)
bird in the hand is worth two in the bush: what you have now is
better than what you might have in the future (often say only, "a bird
in the hand ..." which references this idiom)
|when pigs fly! -- something will
never happen (it will happen only when pigs start to fly)
up the wrong tree: putting attention in the wrong direction
(like a dog barking and looking into a tree that has nothing in it)
for wagging tongues: a topic for gossip (taken from dogs with
tongues hanging out)
|beat around the bush:
to avoid the true subject, to say meaningless things and not say the
important point, often used like this, "I won't beat around the bush. I
|keep (put) all your eggs in one basket:
to have only one thing, such as a job, hobby or goal--so that if you
lose it, you have nothing; usually use negatively, "I don't keep ..."
or "you shouldn't keep ..."
|you and what army: an exclamation
used when someone intends to do something that seems impossible
(meaning the person would need an army's help)
|(his/her) bark is worse than (his/her) bite:
the person's speech is generally worse than the person's actions
We had planned to go to the mall, but it's raining cats and dogs outside.
He had a job with at&t, but he wanted to work at amazon.com, and so he missed his first day at at&t to go to an amazon interview. He ended up losing both jobs. You know what they say, "a bird in the hand ..."
She is always trying to get new customers for her business, but she is careful to be very nice to the customers she has now. As they say, "a bird in the hand ..."
I'll apologize when pigs fly! Why should I apologize if I did nothing wrong?
I told her she was barking up the wrong tree. She was determined to be angry at me, but I had nothing to do with her problem.
I heard that the CEO is getting his 4th divorce. That'll be food for wagging tongues.
Thanks for meeting with me. I won't beat around the bush. I'd like to know if I can apply for the new management position.
I teach part-time at the university and I also have private students. I prefer not to keep all my eggs in one basket.
You plan to write a new encyclopedia? You and what army!
When you meet my father, don't worry about anything he says. His bark is worse than his bite.
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